Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:01:41 -0400
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From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: Odor
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No. No food or eating in the labs. 
But as I stated in my first note, odors can travel long distances and in unexpected directions.  You can get an odor in a lab when the source is in an office or common area where food and coffee is permitted.

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


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Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:29 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor

Why are some people expecting to find coffee, cheese etc. in a media lab?  Are food and drinks allowed in your labs?

Mubetcel Moorefield

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Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:50 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor

Is anyone maintaining a pot of hazelnut flavored coffee throughout the day?  One component of the hazelnut flavor decomposes under extended heating conditions and produces such an odor.  Sometimes the ventilation causes it to move surprising distances in unexpected directions.  I've know of instances where the coffee was not adjacent to the location of the odor complaint, and spaces in-between did not have the odor (as confirmed by people who did smell it in the complaint area) but removal of the hazelnut flavored coffee did eliminate the odor.


Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


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Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 3:45 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Odor

We have a strong “dirty socks” odor present in one of our micro labs.  It’s a pretty typical lab using media and cultures, etc.  and we are systematically removing everything and deconning but this odor is persisting.  I know I have smelt this chemical before, maybe back in my undergraduate days, but it is really a sickening odor.  Any ideas?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM

Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL  60064

847-578-3420 work

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